The Federal Government has restated its shoot on sight order to the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) against intruders and invaders at the centres following threats of attack on the facilities nationwide.
The Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, gave the directive at the unveiling of the new service logo and uniforms on Monday in Abuja.
Aregbesola lamented that the goal of the administration of criminal justice would have been defeated and money spent on arrests, investigations, trials and prosecution wasted if inmates were allowed to escape. He said, “Government said those who attack custodial centres must never live to tell their stories”.
The minister warned against posting of lily-livered personnel to custodial facilities, saying only sharp shooters who were trained to aim at the heads of criminals should be deployed to such centres. He said: “Whoever attacks our custodial facility should be made to return to his maker. I have said it before and I will say it again that all our facilities are red zones. Rifles are for criminals, not for hunting antelopes. You don’t need any order.
Don’t wait for any order. Anybody that comes to attack our custodial facilities which are the end or finishing line of administration of criminal justice, take them out. Our facilities should be inviolable and any intruder must be made to pay a huge price. Inmates now know that they cannot escape by themselves. They gave criminals outside who want to help them to escape.”